Rene Magritte House Museum, Jette

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Housed in the home where he lived for 24 years, Rene Magritte House Museum paints a picture of the life of the Belgian surrealist painter. Rene Magritte, world-renowned for his surrealist painting, lived in this house from 1930 to 1950. Walk the same halls as did the celebrated painter, and see where he created roughly half of his works, including many of his masterpieces. On five floors, the museum displays 200 of Magritte's paintings, including "Scheherazade," "The Return," and "The Empire of Light." See beyond Magritte's paintings as you explore the ground floor, decorated as it would have looked when the artist occupied the home. Find out how to plan Brussels trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • For me, this museum has become an addition to the Royal Art Museum. It was interesting to pass through its halls, but can't say that Magritte-my favorite artist ...
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  • You'll learn everything from the life of this artist of many talents... A beautiful collection of all his works.
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  • My friend and I spent a very long time in the Magritte museum. We didn't know anything about him beforehand and left feeling well educated and absolutely in love with his works and his family life.  more »
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  • Well organized and maintained museum. Paintings are beautifully lit. This building should not be confused with Magritte's home, which also contains his work but far less of it.
  • Love this museum! Great selection of art walking you through the artistic evolution of the artist and his contemporaries. The movie at the end is the cherry in top!
  • Three floors of exhibits. Each floor looks at a period of Magritte's life. The entrance fee is €8. Plenty of Magritte's works of art showing his various painting styles that are quite surprising if you don't know that much about Magritte. The exhibition is well curated but is concise when it comes to description. You can get an audio description of the exhibition but that's another €4. The shop is big and reasonably priced. They have posters and postcards of Magritte's famous works. Overall, I had a good time.
  • I'm a huge fan of surrealist art, and this was not expected high point of our trip to Brussels. I wasn't disappointed. There are many places that aren't wheelchair accessible in Brussels, but here you can not only get in, you do so for free with a carer. Given the quality of instructions on entering for wheelchair users, take the attended lift to the basement, pick up your free tickets, and leave any bags in the lockers. Then go back up to the third floor in the lift, and the exhibition begins there. When you're finished with a floor - it's all in chronological order - just ask a member of staff to radio for the lift to take you to the next. I genuinely enjoyed seeing the progression of his work over time, and the journey became more emotional towards the end, with some pictures clearly showing his struggles with ageing and how it affects the mind. Anyone expecting to see his most famous works may be disappointed, as they are mostly in other high profile museums around the world, and it is a shame in some ways that the museum has been unable to secure them for his 'home' museum. But for all that you may not see these pictures, there is much to see and learn. The museum is well-curated, and the lighting well thought through, although there are some obvious compromises that make it sometimes harder for people to see a work properly from wheelchair height. All in all, we really enjoyed it, and thoroughly recommend it.
  • Strange dark museum with really, really bad lighting. Most works were impossible to see. A shame (some would say crime) to treat this potentially interesting collection like this. With so much to do in this wonderful city, don't waste time here. Oh and don't leave anything in a locker if you do end up going: it's almost impossible to retrieve it.

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